A Message from Mayor Coffman - Jan. 15, 2021

A Message from Mayor Coffman - Jan. 15, 2021
Posted on 01/15/2021
Mayor Coffman speaks at the MLK Commemoration Opening Ceremony

Questions about COVID-19 vaccines? Check out online resources

The announcement and rollout of vaccines for COVID-19 have provided hope for the eventual end to the pandemic and the return to greater flexibility for businesses and in-person gatherings, but the effectiveness of the vaccines are dependent upon their widespread use in the population. It's crucial to arm yourself with the facts of the vaccines' efficacy, safety and importance.

The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment, and Tri-County Health Department (the public health agency for the three counties in which Aurora sits), have extensive and easy-to-understand information available online and in multiple languages, including frequently asked questions, background on the vaccine development, and information on the phased rollout. Please go to COVID19.Colorado.org/Vaccine or TCHD.org/866/COVID-19-Vaccines to learn more.

City celebrates 35 years of Martin Luther King Jr. Commemoration

Join the city of Aurora in celebrating the life and legacy of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. with the city’s 35th Annual MLK Jr. Commemoration.

Because of COVID-19 restrictions, this year’s events are all virtual and will be available via various online platforms, such as the city’s Facebook page. The theme for 2021 is “Rise Up: Achieve the Dream,” and one of the highlights is a Community Celebration on Friday, Jan. 15, at 6 p.m. featuring BET’s "Sunday Best" winner Stephanie Summers, and the presentation of the Spirit of MLK Award and Community Partner of the Year Award. Also on Facebook will be the Monday, Jan. 18, Wreath-Laying Ceremony.

Video from some other events from the week, including the Opening Ceremony and a Lunch and Learn featuring Dr. Nita Mosby-Tyler of The Equity Project examining Dr. King’s Letter from Birmingham Jail, are posted at AuroraGov.org/MLK.

New Customer Portal to enhance access to city services online

The city of Aurora has partnered with Accela Inc. to offer a new Customer Portal for Aurora businesses and residents. The Customer Portal is currently operational for arborist licensing, fire inspections and homeowner's association registration. Starting Jan. 19, temporary use permits, business licensing and marijuana compliance will become active on the Customer Portal.

This new platform will replace a two-decade-old legacy software, providing a one-stop portal to streamline our processes and significantly improve the customer experience. The Customer Portal, which features video tutorials for new users, is accessible from the city's Online Services page at AuroraGov.org/OnlineServices and at various relevant touchpoints throughout the city's website.

Additional services will be adding later this year, mainly focused on building, development and permitting.

As a reminder, a $70.50 temporary use permit is required for activities like street fairs, carnivals, arts and craft shows, athletic events, rallies, walkathons, parades and similar that will occur on city streets or rights of way and interfere with pedestrians or vehicles, or that will take place on private property.

Municipal offices and courts to be closed Monday, Jan. 18, in observance of MLK Jr. Day

Find a full list of which facilities are open and closed on the holiday at AuroraGov.org.

There’s still time to apply for city’s Rental Assistance Program

The city of Aurora is making more than $1 million in rental assistance available to help those financially impacted by COVID-19. The Rental Assistance Program began in 2020 after the city heard from residents that lease payments were among their top concerns during the COVID-19 crisis, and the program is now open for its third round of applications. If you hold a current lease in the city of Aurora and are unable to pay your rent because you lost income due to COVID, you may be eligible.

To learn more about the program, go to AuroraGov.org/RentAssist, where you’ll find information on eligibility guidelines and details on what paperwork you need to gather in order to complete the application. Households who earn up to 80% of the Area Median Income are eligible for this round of funding.

Special Study Session on Feb. 22 to discuss Elijah McClain investigation

Following a request from City Manager Jim Twombly, I’ve called a Special Study Session of the Aurora City Council for Monday, Feb. 22, at 5 p.m. to have a presentation on the findings from the external investigation into the actions of police, firefighters and paramedics in the tragic death of Elijah McClain in 2019. The meeting, which will be held virtually, will be open for public viewing at AuroraTV.org. Additional options for listening to the meeting will be posted at AuroraGov.org.

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